What is the Best Way to Finance a New Car?

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What’s the best way to finance a new car? If you don’t quite have the funds to buy a new car outright, you’ll be asking yourself this very question. In truth, there are several options, so it’s important to find the one that’s best for you.

Read on as we look at four of the best ways to fund your big purchase. But first…

Why would you finance a new car?

Whether it’s the fresh smell of the interior or the flawless touch of the steering wheel for the first time – nothing beats that new car feeling. While the most obvious way to pay for a new car is using your savings, not all of us have all of the funds needed up front.

Even for those who do have some savings put aside, it’s not always the best route. You might prefer to keep your savings for a rainy day and pay for the car gradually over time. That’s where car finance comes in. Financing a new car essentially means borrowing money so you’re able to afford a new car, then paying it back once you’ve got your new wheels.

Popular ways to finance a new car

Whether it’s brand new or just new to you, there are actually a number of ways to afford a new car. Here are some of the most popular:

1.    Bank loan

When you need money, it’s only logical that many people’s first stop is the bank. While it works for some people, this option could be a bit too long-winded for some of the more eager drivers out there.

After a face-to-face meeting to discuss your loan, the bank will ask for seemingly endless documents to get your application sorted. They’ll also perform a full credit check, which could damage your credit score.

2.    Car finance through the dealership

Another option is to get car finance directly through a dealership, which has two possibilities:

  • Hire purchase – After paying a deposit of typically around 10%, you’ll make monthly repayments until the car has been fully paid off.
  • Personal contract purchase – Alternatively, you can pay lower monthly instalments, leaving a final (larger) balloon payment at the end of the contract.

On the face of it, this seems very convenient. After all, you’d only have to make one stop when you’re buying your new car. However, like a bank, many of these dealerships will also do a hard credit check, which could put a dent in your credit score.

On top of that, because you’re borrowing directly from the dealership, the car isn’t technically yours until the full loan is repaid. For some, that can put a serious blemish on the ‘new car feeling’. In some cases, dealerships will also enforce an annual mileage limit or stop you making any modifications to your vehicle as you don’t technically own it.

3.    Personal loan

Maybe you know someone who’s got a bit of spare cash, that could help you afford a new car. This option has clear advantages. Borrowing off a friend or family member usually means no interest – and even the most scrupulous relative or friend isn’t likely to perform a hard credit check.

However, ask anyone who’s gone down this route, and they’ll likely warn you off. Aside from feeling like a burden, borrowing off someone you know means you’ll constantly be in their debt. Enjoy giving them lifts everywhere…

If you’re ever late in paying or can’t repay them, you could even see your relationship ruined completely. It’s just not worth it when there are other ways to finance a new car.

4.    Online car finance

One of the best ways to finance a new car is with online car finance. You can arrange your car finance before you’ve even found your car, then simply choose the car you want from any car dealer. Rather than borrowing directly from the dealer and paying them off gradually, the money will be transferred immediately to them so your car is completely yours the day you buy it.

There’s no hard credit check, meaning no impact on your credit score – and there’s much more flexibility for applicants with poor credit scores, who might be rejected by banks or car dealerships.

Car credit made easy

At My Car Credit, we want to make it easy for drivers to be able to afford a new car. Using our online loan calculator, you can get an instant estimation for your car finance based on the price, repayment duration and a rough idea of your credit score.

Based on the result, you can then choose to apply for finance or give it a miss – there’s no obligation either way. Best of all, there’s no impact on your credit score.

If you have a poor credit history, don’t worry – we can help with a bad credit finance too. Give it a try today to take the first steps towards that new car feeling!

Rates from 6.9% APR. Representative APR 13.9%

Evolution Funding Ltd T/A My Car Credit

My Credit Rating

Excellent

  • You are a home owner
  • You have been on the electoral role for a long period of time
  • You have current credit arrangements and mortgage with no defaults
  • You have no CCJs, credit arrears or missed payments
  • You rarely apply for credit
  • You are employed or self-employed

Good

  • You are on the electoral role
  • You are a home owner or long standing tenant
  • You have a stable employment history
  • You have current credit arrangements with occasional missed payments
  • You have no CCJs

Fair

  • You are or have recently been on the electoral role
  • You may have recently changed address
  • You may have occasional missed payments
  • You may have an old CCJ
  • You may have regularly applied for credit

Poor

  • You may have had frequent changes in address
  • You may not be traceable on the voters roll
  • You may have exceeded credit card limits
  • You may have missed payments on current agreements
  • You may have had a CCJ in the past

Bad

  • You may not be traceable on the voters roll
  • Your credit cards are over their limits
  • You have recent CCJs
  • You may have been refused credit elsewhere
  • You may be in a debt management plan
£

X monthly repayments of
£X

Typical rate

Loan amount

Total payable

X% APR*

£X

£X

*for illustration purposes only

No impact on your credit score

Representative Example

Borrowing £7,500 at a representative APR of 13.9%, annual interest rate (fixed) 13.85%, 47 monthly payments of £201.38 followed by 1 payment of £211.38 (incl. estimated £10 option to purchase fee), a deposit of £0.00, total cost of credit is £2,176.24, total amount payable is £9,676.24.

Evolution Funding Limited, trading as My Car Credit, is a credit broker and not a lender.

Please ensure you can afford the repayments for the duration of the loan before entering into a credit agreement.

Require more help?

Got a question you can’t find the answer to, or need some advice and guidance around taking out car finance? Our Car Credit Specialists are friendly, experienced, and here to help so get in touch today!

Our Guide to Selecting a New Car

Alloy wheel Subaru car for sale in used car dealership

Your car is something you’ll come to rely upon near-enough every day for several years, so buying a new model is a big commitment. There is a vast range of options available on the market today and, as long as you know what you’re looking for, it should be a fun and exciting experience. We’ve designed this guide with all the information you’ll need to put you in the (right) driving seat!

Do I need a new car?

This is the first thing you should ask yourself. Put simply, new cars are expensive and you need to be sure that you’re buying it for a reason. Buying a new model is an investment, so you need to make sure that you’re prepared to have the car for some years to validate your purchase. This is mainly since the car depreciates in value considerably within its first few years. However, the warranties and surety of quality that you get with a new car are often seen as good reasons for purchasing.

What car should I buy?

Ultimately your car should be suited to your circumstances. Here are some crucial factors to consider:

Usage: Your mileage is the most important thing to consider when you buy a new car. If you know your mileage is going to be high, a fuel-efficient model is the priority. You may also want to consider a slightly larger engine. On the other hand, if your mileage is lower (e.g. for driving around town) then a smaller model will be cheaper and more appropriate to your needs.

Number of seats: If you have four regular passengers in the car, a two-seater is immediately ruled out. On the other hand, a seven-seater would be excessive. You ultimately need to consider the comfort of your passengers as well yourself.

Boot space: Many people see a larger boot as being a priority exclusively to families. However, this is not true. It’s important to consider how much you travel and hobbies that require equipment too.

What other factors are there?

There are various immediate practicalities when you buy a new car (i.e. number of seats, car type) but there are also some long-lasting factors you should consider:

Fuel: You may love all the specifications of a car and then find out it’s far too expensive to run. Make sure you check the rough costs of running the car you want via a fuel consumption tool.

Tax: Every car has to pay a road tax but depending on the CO2 emissions this can vary from model to model. It’s important to know what band your car sits in using the GOV website before purchase.

Insurance: This is probably the most important factor that can easily get forgotten when you’re buying a new car. Insurance is determined by many factors such as the car’s 0-60mph, horsepower, model type (e.g. sport versus people mover); insurance can often be one of the most expensive mistakes to not look into.

Haggle, always

Last, and by no means least, you should always haggle when it comes to buying a new car. The most important part of this is doing your research. Here are some things you should know before you step into the dealership:

  • Have a good understanding of the model, engine and specifications you want and what you should be paying.
  • The price on the window screen is always a starting point.
  • Always be prepared to walk away. It puts you in a stronger position and you don’t lose anything.

Also, remember: When you’re haggling you have to be reasonable. If you present a ludicrous offer to the dealership on your perfect car, you’re hindering your chances of securing a purchase.

Ready to buy a new car?

If you’ve considered all of the factors concerning your new car and you feel ready to make a purchase, the last thing to consider is your car finance. My Car Credit have a panel of trustworthy lenders that will be happy to discuss your purchase. Start your journey with an application with us today!

Rates from 6.9% APR. Representative APR 13.9%

Evolution Funding Ltd T/A My Car Credit

My Credit Rating

Excellent

  • You are a home owner
  • You have been on the electoral role for a long period of time
  • You have current credit arrangements and mortgage with no defaults
  • You have no CCJs, credit arrears or missed payments
  • You rarely apply for credit
  • You are employed or self-employed

Good

  • You are on the electoral role
  • You are a home owner or long standing tenant
  • You have a stable employment history
  • You have current credit arrangements with occasional missed payments
  • You have no CCJs

Fair

  • You are or have recently been on the electoral role
  • You may have recently changed address
  • You may have occasional missed payments
  • You may have an old CCJ
  • You may have regularly applied for credit

Poor

  • You may have had frequent changes in address
  • You may not be traceable on the voters roll
  • You may have exceeded credit card limits
  • You may have missed payments on current agreements
  • You may have had a CCJ in the past

Bad

  • You may not be traceable on the voters roll
  • Your credit cards are over their limits
  • You have recent CCJs
  • You may have been refused credit elsewhere
  • You may be in a debt management plan
£

X monthly repayments of
£X

Typical rate

Loan amount

Total payable

X% APR*

£X

£X

*for illustration purposes only

No impact on your credit score

Representative Example

Borrowing £7,500 at a representative APR of 13.9%, annual interest rate (fixed) 13.85%, 47 monthly payments of £201.38 followed by 1 payment of £211.38 (incl. estimated £10 option to purchase fee), a deposit of £0.00, total cost of credit is £2,176.24, total amount payable is £9,676.24.

Evolution Funding Limited, trading as My Car Credit, is a credit broker and not a lender.

Please ensure you can afford the repayments for the duration of the loan before entering into a credit agreement.

Require more help?

Got a question you can’t find the answer to, or need some advice and guidance around taking out car finance? Our Car Credit Specialists are friendly, experienced, and here to help so get in touch today!